I went through the whole series before reviewing and Outlander/the first book is the best! Like most book series, the writer puts the strongest and purest effort in the first book. The characters, dialogue, amount of action and pace are far better and balanced than in later books.
It's always harder for me to word the praise...
-Love the story
-Love the description/detail
-Love the narration
-Once started, couldn't put it down
-Etc., etc. and All That!
BUT, the not so perfect...
-Narrator is AWESOME, but to me, 80% of the time Claire sounds like a 90-yr-old
-And, the author makes her character too dumb! I know things have to go wrong for there to be drama, but why is it always because Claire just won't listen.
-Author is super detailed and descriptive with most things, then at crucial/interesting times she'll just stop and skip ahead. This is very frustrating.
-Like I said, I love Jaime...but, why does every gay man he meets have to be obsessed with him? It's ridiculous.
Sorry. No one to discuss with. But being so engaged that you just have to vent, is a sign of a really gripping book! I'm on to Dragonfly In Amber!
Clearly a popular series recommended to me by a friend. Obviously we have drastically different. Scottish dialogue off putting to me. Kept listening until 2/3 completed then gave up and returned it and the other two in the series without listening to them. Expensive books and I'm really glad Audible has such a easy return/credit policy.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
The story is so packed with wonderful things that I hear something new to love each time.
Outside of Claire and Jamie, that would be Murtagh because I love his personality and dour speeches.
What didn't I like would be simpler and that would be nothing! I was captivated entirely by her reading and in awe of her ability to do the pace, the emotions, the accents, and the characters just with her voice.
Jamie recounting his time in the dungeon at Wentworth with Randall to Claire will always move me.
It was all so easy and as a newbie I appreciated this.
This series allows you to live in another world as if you are the time-traveler yourself. If you love history, strong personalities, a bit of romance, humor, and a dream state for many hours, this is for you.
I would recommend this book, and have, I have even bought it for a few people. The story is very well articulated and researched. Gabaldon is very good at detail without going to the extreme to bore someone.
The detail about the Scottish Highlands and the history.
Porter's voice was very agreeable she kept in character and her accent was perfect for the part.
I started this book expecting to enjoy it; it seemed to have all the hallmarks of a series I'd really like: period piece with a strong female protagonist. I was disappointed. They're were redeeming qualities though. The prose was tolerable, and the main character was intelligent and feisty, though not memorable. The sex was tastefully written, at at times fairly appealing, but it occurred so often that it eventually got old. Narration was also well done.
The story was weak, and often predictable, in my opinion. I often found myself thinking "Oh good, now it will get interesting..." but was generally disappointed. The characters were not to my taste. Good guys were very good. Bad guys were very bad. The main character strikes me as a bit of a Mary Sue. The book sort of reminded me of a harem/reverse harem anime, where fulfilling the audiences' fantasies of being desirable and special, takes a back seat to plot and character development.
Bottom line is that the book was not to my personal taste, but that doesn't necessarily mean it wont suit yours. If you're just looking for an escapist romance with plenty of tasteful kilt lifting, it might be worth checking out...
Well narrated. Accents seemed tolerably done, though as an American, I wouldn't be likely to know the difference...
I loved the love story. Specifically, the fact that it was very natural and it grew in a realistic way as opposed to some highlander smut where the story isn't as important as the sex scenes.
I liked that there was a bigger story unfolding besides just the love story. I got very caught up in the adventure!
I loved Claire as the heroine, I think she's strong and brave and it was a pleasure hearing her story. However, Davina Porter is great at the various accents in the story so I loved her reading of Jamie too! To be honest, I think I wouldn't have liked him as much if I had read the print version versus hearing Davina Porter perform it.
So many moments! But my favorite is a spoiler, so I won't go there. Let's just say when Claire made a critical choice regarding which man she would be with and in which century she felt she belonged.
Davina Porter and Diana Gabaldon are a match made in heaven. I'm so happy that there are so many books and that they are so long!
I thought this was going to be an action / adventure / mystery book but it is all about romance. This is not a guy book. Scattered insights into life challenges during the time period but not worth enduring the rest of the story
A bunch of blubber, chick lit disguised. I really resent this type of blubber being passed off as general fiction.